FC Barcelona are seeking a ninth straight UEFA Champions League home win but first-time quarter-finalists FC Shakhtar Donetsk have reason to be undaunted by their visit to the Camp Nou.
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk could hardly have chosen a more daunting venue for their first UEFA Champions League quarter-final than the Camp Nou, home of three-time winners FC Barcelona.
• Barcelona have won 10 of their 12 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals yet Shakhtar should arrive for this first leg with some confidence having won 3-2 in the Catalan capital in December 2008.
• This is the eighth encounter between the respective Spanish and Ukrainian champions and Barcelona have recorded four wins to Shakhtar's two with one draw.
• Barcelona won the most recent meeting at the Stade Louis II in Monaco where substitute Pedro Rodríguez's 115th-minute goal won them the UEFA Super Cup on 28 August 2009.
• The lineups that night were:
Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Touré (Busquets 100), Keita, Xavi, Messi, Ibrahimović (Pedro 81), Henry (Bojan 96).
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Chygrynskiy, Raţ, Willian (Aghahowa 91), Gai (Kobin 80), Hübschman, Fernandinho (Jadson 80), Luiz Adriano, Ilsinho.
• When the clubs last met at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League, Shakhtar prevailed 3-2 in their final game of the 2008/09 group stage. Olexandr Gladkiy (2) and Fernandinho scored for the visitors – their side's only three attempts on target – while Sylvinho and Sergio Busquets replied for Barcelona.
• That was Shakhtar's first victory in Spain but came too late to earn them qualification as they were already fixed in third place with Barcelona first. Barcelona went on to win the UEFA Champions League and Shakhtar the UEFA Cup.
• The lineups for that game on 9 December 2008 were:
Barcelona: Jorquera, Sánchez, Piqué, Cáceres, Sylvinho, Vázquez, Busquets, Keita, Hleb, Bojan, Pedro (Gudjohnsen 76).
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskiy, Kucher, Raţ, Hübschman, Gai, Fernandinho (Luiz Adriano 78), Jadson (Brandão 67), Willian, Gladkiy.
• Shakhtar had earlier run Barcelona close at the RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium. Leading through Ilsinho's 45th-minute goal, they conceded twice in a dramatic finale as Lionel Messi equalised (87), then struck again four minutes into added time.
• Barcelona recorded 3-0 wins in the clubs' two previous meetings in Catalonia. Hans Krankl, Migueli and Tente Sánchez earned them victory in the 1978/79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round. Their eventual 4-1 aggregate triumph proved the first step en route to lifting the trophy.
• The sides met again at the Camp Nou in the 2004/05 group stage when Deco, Ronaldinho (penalty) and Samuel Eto'o got the goals. Shakhtar won the return 2-0 but, as in 2009, ended up in third place.
• Barcelona's UEFA Champions League record at the Camp Nou is formidable, with four straight victories and 12 goals scored this term. Another success against Shakhtar would make it nine home wins in a row overall, stretching back to a 2-1 defeat by FC Rubin Kazan on 20 October 2009.
• Shakhtar have won three of four matches on the road this term, hitting three goals at SC Braga, FK Partizan and, in the last 16, AS Roma. The one blemish was a 5-1 loss at Arsenal FC in October.
• Barcelona's home record against Ukrainian opposition is W5 D1 L2. Their 4-0 defeat by FC Dynamo Kyiv in 1997/98 represents their joint biggest home loss in UEFA competition.
• Shakhtar's overall record in Spain is W1 D1 L4.
• That solitary draw came at Sevilla FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 16, where Tomáš Hübschman scored in a 2-2 first-leg draw. Sevilla, featuring future Barcelona pair Daniel Alves and Adriano, won the return 3-2 – after goalkeeper Andrés Palop's goal had forced extra time – and were the eventual tournament winners.
• As a player Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola faced Shakhtar's arch-rivals Dynamo four times, winning three games and losing one.
• For Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu, the 3-2 win at Barcelona in 2008 was the first time he had tasted victory in Spain, 35 years after he first visited the country as a player with FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti. The Romanian's 11 previous trips with club and country had produced six defeats and five draws.
• Lucescu led Galatasaray AŞ to a 2-2 draw at Barcelona in a second group stage match on 5 December 2001. Carles Puyol featured that evening for a Barcelona side who retrieved a two-goal deficit.
• Lucescu also oversaw Galatasaray's 2-1 triumph against Real Madrid CF in the 2000 UEFA Super Cup.
• Dmytro Chygrynskiy became the first Ukrainian to play for Barcelona when he arrived at the Camp Nou from Shakhtar in August 2009. He made 12 Liga appearances and another two in the Copa del Rey before returning to Donetsk last July.
• David Villa scored both goals in Valencia CF's 2-0 win against Shakhtar in the 2006/07 group stage. He also played in the 2-2 return draw in Donetsk in October 2006. At that year's FIFA World Cup in Germany, Villa struck twice in Spain's 4-0 defeat of a Ukraine team playing their first match as an independent nation on the world stage.
• Hübschman was in the Czech Republic side beaten 2-1 by Spain in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying on 25 March. Villa scored both goals in Granada for the home side, which also included Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Busquets.
• Jadson and Daniel Alves appeared together in Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Scotland on 27 March. Jadson made his international debut as a substitute in Brazil's February loss to France, a match in which Alves and Éric Abidal both played.
• Marcelo Moreno scored the opening goal in Bolivia's 6-1 World Cup qualifying triumph at home to an Argentina side containing Javier Mascherano and Messi on 1 April 2009.
• Eduardo appeared as a substitute in Arsenal's 4-1 loss at Barcelona in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.